Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP): 2008 Annual Report

Mission Statement

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) represents the unique interests and concerns of early career psychologists (ECPs). The mission of CECP is to enhance the sense of community and a shared identity among ECPs through advocacy, engagement, and the provision of resources.

The Committee consists of six Members of the Association within seven years of the receipt of the doctorate degree representing Education, Practice, Public Interest, Science, Division, and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs). Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors for staggered terms of three years.

APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

Gary C. Hawley, PsyD (Practice Representative)
Josephine S. Minardo, Psy.D. (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations Representative)
Shamin Ladhani, Psy.D. (Chair and APA Divisions Representative)
Roxanne Donovan, PhD (Education & Training Representative)
Darryl Salvador, PsyD (Public Interest Representative)
Deborah A. Weber, PhD (Science Representative)
The Staff Liaison for the committee in 2008 was Alex Sittig.

2008 was a very busy and productive year for CECP. With the assistance of our staff Liaison Alex Sittig and the support of Dee Valencia, and Rhea Faberman, we were able to accomplish a number of tasks.

Below is a summary of the key activities conducted by the committee. 

Activities and Products

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) in collaboration with the APA Center for Workforce Studies (CWS) developed the first APA survey focused on early career psychologists.  The purpose of the Early Career Survey was to identify career barriers for early career psychologists. 

The Early Career Survey was launched at the APA 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA and included 176 participants.  After the convention 2,300 early career psychologists, 1,396 APA members and 904 non-APA members, completed the survey online. 

The survey revealed several key factors that negatively impact early career psychologists, such as high debt levels and the inability to obtain post-doctorate hours.  The ECP Survey Summary Report includes: a copy of the survey; a summary of the analysis; all data tables; and recommendations for addressing some of the findings. 

CECP launched a financial planning guide for ECPs (PDF, 1.78 MB) at APA Convention which was very well received by ECPs and other APA communities.  This resource is available in hard copy and online under "Financial Planning for Early Career Psychologists.”  It was created specifically with the needs, interests, and struggles of Early Career Psychologists (ECPs), but is useful for psychologists in any stage of their career, including students.

The committee also held several APA Convention programs for ECPs, utilizing their brand, “Launching Your Career on Solid Footing”.  Examples of Convention programs and activities include:

  • Financial Planning (Part I and II) 

  • Life Balance and Self Care 

  • Supervision and Race and Culture 

  • Leadership Development 

  • Booth for ECPs 

  • Social Hour for ECPs 

  • Launching a Successful Practice (co-sponsored with CAPP)

CECP developed a new Strategic Plan at the Fall 2008 Consolidated Round I meetings, with the assistance of Dr. Thomas DeMaio and developed a new mission statement and goals.  CECP’s new mission statement is:

“Enhancing a sense of community and shared identity of early career psychologists through advocacy, engagement, and provision of resources”

CECP has also continued to create and disseminate resource materials through the ECP EarlyCareer listserv, Monitor articles, the ECP Network, and the ECP website, to inform ECPs about issues related to education, funding, advocating for licensure, financial planning, and parenting. 

Representative Annual Reports

Reports from each of the representatives on the committee highlight the activities, projects, and plans for future years for the different slates on the committee.